Deadly plots abound as Henry moves to defy Pope Paul III in order to marry Anne Boleyn.
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After demanding loyalty from the English clergy, Henry prepares to take Anne with him on a royal visit to France, unaware of an assassination plot that aims to ensure they never marry.
England's break with Rome is complete when, appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, Cranmer annuls Henry's marriage to Katherine and allows him to marry the newly-pregnant Anne.
As More and Fisher continue to resist swearing their loyalty, and Anne announces that she is pregnant again, Henry ratchets up the pressure to force everyone to recognize her as the new Queen of England.
Fisher and More's refusal to sign the oath recognizing the King's supreme authority catapults them towards a certain death sentence.
With Cromwell planning to cleanse England of dissenters to the New Monarchy, King Francis' refusal to unite their kingdoms in marriage has Henry questioning his decision to marry Anne.
As Anne looks to save her marriage amid worries about a conspiracy to have her killed, and Cromwell hires an army of Protestant mercenaries to rid the country of all remnants of Catholicism, Katherine dies in exile.
After reaching out to the Emperor for help in making his case with the Pope, Henry begins courting Jane Seymour as he prepares to find a way out of his doomed marriage to Anne.
As the loss of another baby prompts Henry to step up his courtship of Jane Seymour, Cromwell gathers evidence pointing to Anne's many lovers.
On the eve of Anne's execution, Henry proposes to marry Lady Jane Seymour.